Saturday, August 8, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Friday, August 7, 2015

First off, I would like to apologize for going AWOL on everyone. It's been a crazy week for me and I ended up putting recaps on the backburner. Hopefully you enjoyed seeing Jayne return to her roots with her recaps.

What did the ValleyCats have in store after a no-no on Thursday?

Fresno 2, Sacramento 0

W- Brett Oberholtzer (5-3)
L- Chris Stratton (2-4)
S- Jason Stoffel (3)

Fresno home runs: Tyler White (4, 11 season; 2-run in 6th)

Brett Oberholtzer, Tyson Perez, and Jason Stoffel joined forces to keep Sacramento off the scoreboard.

Obie allowed 6 hits, walked 2, and fanned 7 over 6.1 shutout innings. Perez was first; he allowed a hit and struck out 1 in 1.2 innings, and Stoffel struck out 1 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Tyler White broke a scoreless tie with his 2-run shot in the 6th, and those 2 runs turned out to be the only runs of the game. Andrew Aplin went 2-4.

In game 4 of this series, Mike Hauschild will face Tommy Hanson. First pitch is at 7:05 Pacific.

Corpus Christi 5, Midland 4

W- Jandel Gustave (5-1)
L- Seth Frankoff (0-1)

CC home runs: A.J. Reed (6, 29 season; solo in 2nd)

Edison Frias got knocked around a bit, but his bullpen picked him up and bought the Hooks' offense some time to get it together. They did, and then they walked off with the win.

A.J. Reed put the Hooks on the board by smacking a home run to begin the 3rd. In between that homer and the next time that Corpus scored, the Rockhounds scored 3 in the 4th to take a 4-1 lead. That lead lasted until stretch time.

Jon Kemmer got it started, albeit in rather painful fashion as he was plunked. He moved to 3rd on a Jio Mier double, and they both scored on a Conrad Gregor double. Gregor advanced to 3rd on a sac bunt and scored the tying run on an RBI single from Danry Vásquez. Teoscar Hernandez hit a 1-out single in the 9th and then stole 2nd (27). Colin Moran followed by drawing a walk. Reed singled, but Teoscar was thrown out at home. Moran moved over to 2nd. Jon Kemmer then hit a ball to 1B, where Anthony Aliotti's blunder allowed Moran to score the winning run. Reed finished 3-5, while Teoscar had 2 hits.

Edison Frias went 3.1 innings and allowed 4 runs on 9 hits (solo homer), walked 2, and struck out 5. He left with the bases loaded for Juan Minaya, who got him off the hook. Minaya allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 2.2 scoreless. Chris Cotton was next, and he recorded a strikeout in a 1-2-3 7th inning. Jandel Gustave allowed 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 2 over 2 scoreless and got the win.

Brian Holmes will get the start in game 3 of this series. He'll face Jake Sanchez at 7:05.

Lancaster 8, High Desert 5

W- Akeem Bostick (3-4, 5-5 season)
L- Richelson Peña (9-7)
S- Albert Minnis (1)

Lancaster home runs: Chase McDonald (20, solo in 3rd), J.D. Davis (20, 2-run in 4th), Alex Bregman (1, 2 season; solo in 8th)

The JetHawks scored in the first 5 innings and jumped out to a 7-2 lead.

Akeem Bostick went 7 innings and allowed 5 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 9 hits (solo homer), walked 1, and struck out 7. Albert Minnis allowed 2 hits and struck out 1 over 2 scoreless.

Ronnie Mitchell finished 2-5, and he put Lancaster on the board and in the lead with a 2-run single in the 1st. Mott Hyde doubled to lead off the 2nd, and James Ramsay brought him home with a single.

Chase McDonald became the 2nd player in the Astros minor league system to 20 home runs with his 2-out solo shot in the 3rd inning. One inning later, J.D. Davis became the 3rd with a 2-run homer in the 4th. This is the 4th straight game in which he's homered. Hyde hit an RBI single in the 5th, and Alex Bregman smacked a solo shot in the 8th for his first California League home run.

Hyde (2 2B, RBI, R) and Ramsay (RBI, R) both finished with 3 hits. Bregman (solo homer, 2 R), Mitchell (2 RBI), Jamie Ritchie (2 2B, R), and McDonald (solo homer) all had 2-hit games.

Bryan Radziewski will start game 3 of this series. The lefty from The U will take on Reed Garrett at 6:00 Pacific.

Quad Cities 7, Dayton 1

W- Elieser Hernandez (2-1, 2-2 season)
L- Tyler Mahle (11-6)
S- Brandon McNitt (1)

QC home runs: None.

The Dragons struck first, but Elieser Hernandez and Brandon McNitt smote them. Quad Cities took full advantage of Dayton's miscues as they romped to their 11th consecutive win in the first game of the series.

Hernandez allowed a run in the 1st but was fantastic the rest of the way. He allowed 3 hits and struck out 5 in 5 innings of work. McNitt finished it off with 4 scoreless, allowing a hit, walking 1, and fanning 2.

The Banditos responded with 4 in the 3rd inning. 2 of those runs scored on a single from Kristian Trompiz, who later scored on an error following a Jason Martin single. Martin reached 2nd on the E, moved to 3rd on a bunt single from Bobby Boyd, and scored on a sac fly from Nick Tanielu. Boyd stole 3rd (28) in the 5th as part of a double steal with Tanielu (1; he stole 2nd) and scored on the errant throw down to 2nd. Martin scored on a balk in the 7th, and in the 8th, Jose Fernandez tripled, then scored on an error that allowed Garrett Stubbs to reach.

Boyd went 3-4 and was the only player on either side to record a multi-hit game. Fernandez and Martin scored 2 runs apiece.

Josh James will be on the mound for game 2 of this series. He'll face Wyatt Strahan at 6:00.

Aberdeen 1, Tri-City 0

W- Garrett Cleavinger (3-0)
L- Chris Murphy (0-1, 1-1 season)
S- Ryan Meisinger (6)

TC home runs: None.

One night after Kevin McCanna, Ralph Garza Jr., and Zac Person combined on a no-hitter, the ValleyCats' bats went silent.

Aaron Mizell had 2 of the 4 Tri-City hits. Brooks Marlow's double was their only extra-base hit.

Ryan Deemes was excellent on the mound as he allowed just 2 hits and struck out 6 over 5 shutout innings. The IronBirds got to Chris Murphy for the only run of the game in the 7th. Murphy allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 in 3 innings.

Trent Thornton will take the mound in the series finale. First pitch is at 7:05 Eastern.

Greeneville 6, Bristol 3

W- Cris Santamaria (3-1)
L- Dan Urbina (2-4)
S- Joselo Pinales (1)

Greeneville home runs: None.

The Appy Astros saw their lead vanish when the Pirates tied the game at 3 in the top of the 7th. However, the tie was short-lived as they responded with 3 in the bottom of the 7th to re-establish the 3-run lead they had entering the inning.

Daz Cameron finished 2-4 and opened up the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. He'd score on a Connor Goedert single. Osvaldo Duarte led off the 5th with a single, stole his way to 3rd, and scored after the errant throw down to 3rd. Goedert had the big hit of the night as he broke the 3-3 tie with a 2-run double. He moved to 3rd on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.

Cameron (RBI, 2 R, SB [5, 17 season]), Goedert (2B, 3 RBI, R), and Arturo Michelena had 2 hits apiece. Duarte (14) and Myles Straw (11) both stole 2 bases.

Diogenes Almengo struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. Salvador Montaño was the first man out; he allowed a hit over 1.2 scoreless. Moreno Polanco allowed 3 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 3.2 innings. Cris Santamaria allowed 2 hits and struck out 2 over 1.1 innings, and Joselo Pinales closed it out by fanning 2 in a 1-2-3 9th.

Devonte German will get the start in game 2 of this series. First pitch is at 5:00 Eastern.

GCL Braves 12, GCL Astros 10

W- Bladimir Matos (1-1)
L- Abdiel Saldaña (0-3)

GCL home runs: None.

The Kissimmee Stros scored 8 in the 6th to take a 10-4 lead... and then the Braves finished the game on an 8-0 run.

Wander Franco, Jake Bowey, and Marcos Almonte all finished 2-5. Franco and Bowey both hit 2-run singles in that big 6th, which was preceded by an RBI single from Almonte. Franco scored the game's first run on an error in the 1st, and a wild pitch allowed Connor MacDonald to score another run.

Patrick Sandoval, in his first career appearance, allowed 2 runs (both on a homer) on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. In an earlier edition of the recaps, I said that he made his first career appearance, and that turned out to be erroneous. It was actually Edgardo Sandoval who was on the mound. Enrique Chavez was the 2nd reliever for the GCL team to appear; he allowed an unearned run on 4 hits and struck out 3 in 3 innings.

DSL Astros Blue 7, DSL Phillies 3

W- Felipe Tejada (3-3)
L- Robinson Martinez (4-1)

Blue home runs: Reiny Beltre (6, solo in 6th)

In the second 3rd of the game (4th-6th), the Blue team outscored the Phillies 6-1.

Ronny Jimenez opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 2nd inning. Oscar Campos singled to lead off the 4th and scored on an error following an Angel Tejeda sac bunt. Tejeda made it to 3rd and scored on a wild pitch. Andy Piñeda added an RBI groundout later in the inning. Cristopher Luciano scored on another wild pitch in the 5th, and Campos scored on a force out. Reiny Beltre smacked his 6th homer of the season in the 6th.

Jose Ramos got the start and allowed a run on 4 hits and walked 2. Luidin Toribio allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 1 in the 5th. Felipe Tejada allowed a run on 4 hits, walked 1, and struck out 3 in 4 innings.

DSL Mariners2 9, DSL Astros Orange 4

W- Adonis De La Cruz (1-0)
L- Gabriel Valdez (1-5)

Orange home runs: None.

The Mariners put the Orange team away with a 4-run 9th. It had been a 1-run game.

Felix Lucas finished 2-3 with a double, which came in the 3rd. He scored the first run of the game in the 3rd on an error that allowed Anardo Peralta to reach. Carlos Machado added an RBI single later in the inning. Peralta hit a sac fly in the 7th, and Oliver Toribio hit a sac fly of his own in the 8th. Machado and Nicolás Miranda also had 2 hits for the Orange team.

No pitcher for the Orange team really stood out.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Astros Minor League Recaps

Getting you caught up on Wednesday and Thursday game highlights ...


Wednesday - Fresno over Sacremento 5-2
Luis Cruz got the start (4IP 2H 1R 5BB! 5SO), but Jake Buchanan got the win (3IP 1R 2SO HR). Kevin Chapman and Jason Stoffel provided effective relief to lock it down. The Grizzlies only collected six hits and the only extra base hit belonged to Max Stassi, a triple. Robbie Grossman had a two-RBI night.

Thursday - Fresno Tacos over Sacremento 7-4
The Grizzlies became the Tacos for one night and managed to prevail despite a less than stellar start from Mark Appel (4.2IP 6H 4R/3ER 4BB 4SO) thanks to almost perfect relief from Jordan Jankowski, Kevin Chapman and James Hoyt and an offense fueled largely by a big night from Matt Duffy (2x4 2B HR 4RBI 2R). Jonathan Villar was three-for-five with a double and a triple. Alex Presley and Robbie Grossman had multi-hit nights as well and Jon Singleton drove in two.


Wednesday - Corpus over San Antonio 6-3 in 11 innings
Big Joe Musgrove got the start, going seven innings and allowing three runs (one earned run on a solo home run) on seven hits and no walks. He struck out five. Vince Velasquez took over for the next three scoreless innings to earn the win; he allowed one hit, one walk and struck out three. Jandel Gustave earned his 13th save, pitching the 11th. Teoscar Hernandez was two-for-six with a two run home run and three RBI; Colin Moran was three-for-six with a double; Danry Vasquez, Jack Mayfield, Jon Kemmer and Roberto Pena had two hits each. The three-run 11th to secure a Hooks victory was a team effort that came out of four singles, two walks and a bunt force out.

Thursday - Midland over Corpus Christi 12-5
This one was closer than it looked as Midland only had a two-run advantage going in to the ninth inning, but blew things wide open collected six runs off Travis Ballew and Chris Cotton. Starter Kyle Westwood allowed five runs and took the loss. Alfredo Gonzalez had a big night at the plate, going three-for-three and drawing a walk. Jon Kemmer contributed a three-run home run to the effort while Jack Mayfield and Conrad Gregor delivered solo shots.


Wednesday - Bakersfield over Lancaster 12-5
David Paulino didn't enjoy his initiation into pitching in The Caster (3.2IP 7H 8R 3BB 3SO). Michael Freeman and Jordan Mills allowed another four runs across before Tyler Brunneman came in for the final two innings to stop the bleeding. After a 7-run fourth inning, the 'Hawks were never really back in the game. There were multi-hit nights from James Ramsay (2RBI), Alex Bregman, J.D. Davis, Mott Hyde and Edwin Medina. Davis collected his 18th home run of the season, a solo shot, and Marc Wik doubled.

Thursday - Lancaster over High Desert 9-4
Kevin Comer got the start (5IP 7H 4R 3BB 2SO HR) and Austin Chrismon got the win (4IP 2H 0R 0BB 4SO) with a strong outing. On offense, J.D. Davis hit a two-run home run, his 19th of the season while Jamie Ritchie collected a double and a triple in his two-for-four night. Marc Wik also tripled and drove in three in his three-for-four effort.


Wednesday - Quad Cities over Bowling Green 10-3
Dean Deetz earned the win (5IP 3H 0R 2BB 4SO) despite being followed by a less than effective outing from Jorge Perez (1IP 3H 3R 1BB). Zach Davis took over for two and he and Steve Naemark provided perfect relief.  The Bandits collected 15 hits with all players getting at least one. Garrett Stubbs was three-for-five with two doubles and two RBI. Jason Martin (2x5 2B 2RBI R) and Drew Ferguson also doubled and Nick Tanielu collected his third triple of the season. Bobby Boyd, Bryan Muniz and Luis Reynoso each collected two hits as well.

Thursday - Quad Cities over Bowling Green 2-0
Agapito Barrios (6IP 2H 1BB 5SO), Ryan Thompson (2IP 3SO) and Angel Heredia (1IP 1H) combined in this three-hit shut out. Bobby Boyd, Bryan Muniz, Ryan Bottger and Kristian Trompiz all had multi-hit games with Muniz collecting a double and a solo home run.


Wednesday - Hudson Valley over Tri-City 2-1
Harold Arauz took the loss as he, Yeyfry del Rosario and Junior Garcia held Hudson Valley to six total hits, but were hurt by a Kolbey Carpenter fielding error and an Arauz wild pitch. Carpenter tried to redeem himself by going two-for-three with a double, but the only 'Cats run came off a Hector Roa home run. Aaron Mizell collected the third triple of his short career.

Thursday - Tri-City over Aberdeen 5-0
Aberdeen collected nothing but zeroes as Kevin McCanna (4IP 1BB 5SO), Ralph Garza (4IP 7SO), Zac Person (1IP) and C Anthony Hermelyn pitched a no-hitter that was only one walk away from perfection. Aaron Mizell collected his fourth and fifth triples of his short career in a three-for-five outing; Pat Porter doubled and drove in two runs; and Hermelyn got it down both at the plate and behind it, going two-for-four and driving in one run.


Wednesday - Greeneville over Bluefield 5-1 in 5 innings (completed early due to rain)
Albert Abreu allowed a run early via a little small ball and a bases loaded hit by pitch, but settled down to collect six strikeouts and the win in his five innings of work. All but one Greeneville player collected a hit and Daz Cameron managed to collect three hits with a double in this five-inning game. Myles Straw and Connor Goedert (2x3) doubled as well.

Thursday - Greeneville and Bluefeild postponed due to rain


Wednesday - GCL Blue Jays over GCL Astros 3-2
Carlos Hiraldo took the loss, allowing the go ahead run in the seventh. The Astros were held to six hits but four of those were of the extra-base variety ... doubles from Nestor Tejada, Vicente Sanchez and Jake Bowey; and a triple from Miguelangel Sierra.

Thursday - GCL Astros over GCL Blue Jays 3-2
Edgardo Sandoval was perfect in his five innings of work, striking out seven on his way to the win. Juan Robles allowed only one hit in his two innings, but Dylan James made things a little too interesting, allowing two runs in the top of the ninth, but ultimately collecting the save. The two Nestors (Muriel and Tejada) each doubled in the game; Tejada and Marcos Almonte had two hits apiece.



DSL Astros Orange over DSL Cardinals 5-1
Franklin Perez had a strong start, collecting six strikeouts over his three innings of work while allowing only two hits. DF Alejandro Garcia was five-for-five with a home run and three runs scored and Felix Lucas was three-for-four with two RBI.

DSL Astros Blue over DSL Rays 2-1 in 7 innings (completed early due to rain)
Yoanys Quiala's strong start (5IP 2H 1BB 5SO) did not result in a win as Jorge Alcala blew the save and collected the win in his two innings. The Blue team won despite collecting only two hits.


DSL Cardinals over DSL Astros Orange 5-2
Bryan Abreu (5IP 1H 1R 2BB 6SO) had a strong start and the loss went to Cesar Rosado. Alejandro Garcia was at it again, going three-for-five this time. SS Nicolas Miranda was three-for-four and scored a run.

DSL Astros Blue over DSL Rays 6-2
Strong pitching from Cristian Javier, Cristofer Melendez and closer Josue Uribe, but Jorge Guzman who allowed the only two Rays runs came away with the win. Andy Pineda and Oscar Campos were each two-for-five with doubles. Ronny Jimenez also doubled and Angel Tejeda was also two-for-five.

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Happy Birthday - 8/7

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

Manager Rodney Linares (38)
Linares was born August 7, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently in his ninth season managing in the Astros minor league system, his first season for the AA Corpus Christi Hooks.

Rodney Linares - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Astros Minor League Roster Moves

I've been traveling the last couple of days. Let's get caught up on the transaction front!

8-6: OF Leo Heras activated from the DL
8-6: RHP Dan Straily optioned to Fresno
8-5: RHP Asher Wojciechowski recalled to Houston
8-5: RHP Dan Straily designated for assignment
8-4: RHP Brady Rodgers activated from the DL
8-4: RHP Dan Straily recalled to Houston

8-4: RHP Chris Devenski placed on the 7-day DL
8-4: RHP R.J. Alaniz activated from the 7-day DL
8-3: RHP Lance McCullers optioned to Corpus Christi
8-2: RHP Vince Velasquez optioned to Corpus Christi

8-4: RHP Christian Powell placed on the 7-day DL
8-3: OF Sean McMullen placed on the 7-day DL
8-2: C Ruben Castro assigned from the GCL to Lancaster
8-2: C Brian Holberton placed on the 7-day DL
8-2: LHP Michael Freeman assigned from Quad Cities to Lancaster

8-4: RHP Riley Ferrell placed on the 7-day DL
8-4: LHP Steve Naemark assigned from Tri-City to Quad Cities

8-1: OF Hector Roa assigned from Greeneville to Tri-City

8-2: IF Rodrigo Ayarza assigned from the GCL to Greeneville
8-1: OF Kyle Tucker assigned from the GCL to Greeneville
8-1: OF Daz Cameron assigned from the GCL to Greeneville

8-4: SS Marcos Almonte assigned from the DSL to the GCL
8-1: RHP Juan Robles assigned from the DSL to the GCL

Happy Birthday - 8/6

Wishing a Very Happy Birthday to ...

LHP Starlyng Sanchez (21)
Sanchez was born August 6, 1994 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. He first played in the Astros system in 2013, and he is currently playing for the Rookie League Greeneville Astros.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Reprise from April 2014

After seeing the comments tonight on twitter following the Astros loss to the Rangers, I was reminded of something I wrote in a soapbox in April of last year ...
No matter how good a team is, and the Astros certainly cannot be categorized as a good team of late, they are going to have almost shockingly bad games from time to time. But as Astros fans, we have been conditioned over the last three seasons to expect those shockingly bad games. And we have been conditioned to respond, "Here we go again," when they happen. No longer do we think, "Oh, that's just a blip on the radar screen." We think that a flaming Hindenburg is going to crash onto the deck of a sinking Titanic and the whole fiery mess is going to be swept up by a Category 5 hurricane and deposited at the corner of Crawford and Texas.
Even when the Astros do start playing well, every stunningly bad game that they have will provoke this response in Astros fans as surely as Pavlov's dogs looking for dinner. I've been in bad relationships before. It can take a long, long time to put your heart out there and make yourself vulnerable again. My relationship with the Astros is really no different. Will the team evolve into a keeper, or are you going to regret wasting your time because they never live up to their promise?
My, how things have changed since April 2014. I think fans can now say, "Oh, that's just a blip on the radar screen." The Astros are better. Heck, they're still in first place in the division! So, take a deep, cleansing breath and shrug off this series. It's OK to put your heart back out there and be vulnerable again, even if you get a little hurt from time to time.

Astros Minor League Recaps

While Dustin is temporarily out of action, here are some down and dirty results for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday ...


Sunday - Fresno over Albuquerque 9-1
A great start from Brett Oberholtzer in which he allowed only one run on a solo shot over eight innings while allowing eight hits, one walk and striking out four to earn the win. Tyson Perez tossed a perfect 9th. Tyler White was three-for-five with an RBI; Matt Duffy was two-for-three with two doubles and two RBI; and Max Stassi had a solo shot and collected two RBI.

Monday - Fresno over Albuquerque 6-0
Mike Hauschild got the win with a great start (8IP 5H 0BB 5SO) and Jake Buchanan pitched the 9th to preserve the shut out. Fresno was held to eight hits, two from Matt Duffy (including a solo home run) and two from Andrew Aplin. Tony Kemp had two RBI with a double.

Tuesday - Fresno over Albuquerque 4-1
Brady Rodgers was the latest in a string of great starting pitching for Fresno (7IP 1BB 6SO). In relief, Jordan Jankowski worked around two hits in his one inning of work and James Hoyt allowed the only Isotopes run. Fresno was held to six hits with Robbie Grossman collecting two of them. Andrew Aplin had two RBI for the night.


Sunday - Corpus Christi over Midland 9-4
Brian Holmes got the win despite not having his best start (5.2 8H 4R/3ER 1BB 5SO 1HR) and was picked up by solid relief from Juan Minaya and Jandel Gustave. Colin Moran was the offensive man of the day, going two-for-four and collecting a double, home run and three RBI.

Monday - Corpus Christi over San Antonio 4-2 in 10 innings
Michael Feliz went seven scoreless, allowing four hits, two walks and five strikeouts. Juan Minaya and Jandel Gustave each allowed a run in relief, and Aaron West earned his 4th save with a perfect 10th. A.J. Reed collected two RBI, including the go-ahead run on a force out. Teoscar Hernandez, Colin Moran and Chan Moon each had two hits, and Hernandez scored an insurance run with a steal of home in the 10th.

Tuesday - Corpus Christi over San Antonio 10-4
R.J. Alaniz collected his fourth win of the season despite allowing four runs (three earned) over five innings. Chris Cotton, Travis Ballew and Reymin Guduan picked up Alaniz with four innings of scoreless relief. Chan Moon and Jio Mier each had three hits; Jon Kemmer had a double and drove in three; Conrad Gregor drove in two with a home run and Colin Moran (2B HR) added a solo shot; Teoscar Hernandez and A.J. Reed (2RBI) also had doubles.


Sunday - High Desert over Lancaster 13-4
Akeem Bostick did not enjoy pitching at High Desert. He only lasted 1.2 innings and was charged with eight hits, nine runs (six earned), one walk, three strikeouts and two throwing errors. Albert Minnis, Bryan Radziewski and Tyler Brunnemann had mop up duty with mixed results. Chase McDonald's three-run home run was the offensive highlight.

Monday - Bakersfield over Lancaster 9-5
Christian Powell was greeted incredibly rudely in his High A debut, allowing seven runs in 2.1 innings. Troy Scribner added 2.2 scoreless innings of relief, but Keegan Yuhl allowed another couple of runs across in his four innings. Alex Bregman went three-for-five with a triple; Ronnie Mitchell (2B) and Marc Wik (2B 2RBI) had two hits apiece; and Chase McDonald contributed a solo home run to the effort.

Tuesday - Lancaster over Bakersfield 10-2
Lancaster ended their five-game losing streak with help from a solid start by Francis Martes (6.1IP 4H 2R 2BB 10SO). Andrew Walter tagged in with 2.2 scoreless and added six strikeouts of his own. James Ramsay (3x4 HR RBI BB 2R)  and J.D. Davis (2B HR 3RBI 2R) led the offense. Chase McDonald contributed a two-run home run and Ronnie Mitchell drove in two as well.


Sunday - Quad Cities over Wisconsin 6-1
Brock Dykxhoorn got the win with a very strong outing (5IP 1H 1BB 8SO). Brandon McNitt and Ryan Thompson kept the shut out intact, but Angel Heredia allowed Wisconsin's lone run in the 9th. Jose Fernandez collected a two-run home run and Jason Martin drove in two as well.

Monday - Off Day

Tuesday - Quad Cities over Bowling Green 3-0
Justin Ferrell (7.2IP 4H 3BB 5SO) and Eric Peterson (1.1IP 3SO) combined in this great 4-hit shut out. The River Bandits only had eight hits, but made them count. Bobby Boyd had the only multi-hit game with two hits. Nick Tanielu's double was the only extra base hit. Ryan Bottger and Luis Reynoso each collected an RBI single in the seventh. Reynoso scored the first run in the third on a passed ball.


Sunday - Tri-City over Mahoning Valley 10-4
Chris Murphy had a good start, but Zac Grotz earned the win in relief. Ryan Deemes struggled, allowing four runs in his first appearance with the ValleyCats. Juan Santos nailed it down with a perfect 9th. Johnny Sewald and Hector Roa each collected three hits and Cesar Carrasco contributed a solo home run. Everyone in the line-up got at least one hit except Antonio Nunez. Dex McCall, Aaron Mizell and Brooks Marlow each had two RBI.

Monday - Tri-City over Hudson Valley 6-5
Scott Weathersby got the start and allowed one unearned run in four innings while striking out four. Trent Thornton earned the win despite allowing two runs over 3.2 innings. Adam Whitt allowed the final two runs across in his inning of work. Jacob Dorris earned his second save with a timely strikeout. Brooks Marlow was three-for-four with an RBI, but Anthony Hermelyn's three-run home run was the difference maker.

Tuesday - Tri-City over Hudson Valley 1-0
PITCHERS' DUEL!!! Rogelio Armenteros (4IP 1H 3BB 3SO), David Schmidt (1IP 1H 1SO), Alex Winkleman (3IP 2H 2BB 4SO), and Zac Grotz (1IP 1SO) combined in this 4-hit shut out with Winkleman getting his fourth win and Grotz his second save. This one could certainly have gone the other way with the 'Cats only collecting THREE hits. It came down to Aaron Mizell taking base in the 9th after being hit by a pitch, advancing to second on a Pat Porter groundout and scoring on a Hector Roa single. Antonio Nunez and Brooks Marlow (2B) collected the only other Tri-City hits.


Sunday - Kingsport over Greeneville 6-1
Andrew Thome allowed two unearned runs over three innings and was charged with the loss. Samil de los Santos was the only relief pitcher who emerged unscathed, pitching two perfect innings. Osvaldo Duarte was two-for-four with a double and Daz Cameron collected the sole RBI for Greeneville.

Monday - Off Day

Tuesday - Bluefield over Greeneville 3-2
Yhoan allowed two runs (on a home run) on four hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out eight. Greeneville tied things up in the top of the ninth, but Jose Hernandez was charged with the loss after allowing three singles and a walk-off run in the bottom of the frame. Greeneville was held to four hits. Connor Goedert was two-for-three with a walk and scored both Greeneville runs.


Sunday - Off Day

Monday - Postponed for rain

Tuesday - Two 7-inning games to make up for Monday's rainout.

Game 1 - GCL Astros over GCL Yankees 1 8-2
Michel Martinez, Juan Robles and Enrique Chavez combined to allow only two hits, but those two hits blossomed into two runs thanks to a couple of wild pitches and a fielding error. Jake Bowey was the offensive star of the game, going 3-for-four with two doubles and two RBI.

Game 2 - GCL Astros over GCL Yankees 1 2-1
Starter Carlos Sanabria allowed the sole Yankees run, while Junior Garcia, Hector Perez and Luis Ramirez provided four scoreless innings of relief. The Astros only had four hits in this game; Nestor Tejada had two of them. Frankeny Fernandez and Bryan de la Cruz each had an RBI.


Sunday - Off Day for both teams

Monday - DSL Royals over DSL Astros Blue 9-8 in 10 innings
Nothing terribly noteworthy about this game.

Monday - DSL Astros Orange over DSL Rangers 1 9-6
Randy Vasquez was two-for-three with two doubles and three RBI.

Tuesday - DSL Royals over DSL Astros Blue 4-3
Reiny Beltre was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Tuesday - DSL Rangers 1 over DSL Astros Orange 13-7
Alejandro Garcia was 3-for-5 with a triple and two RBI; Nicholas Miranda was also 3-for-5; and Jose Carrillo was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored.

Happy Birthday - 8/5

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RHP Yan de la Cruz (22)
De la Cruz was born on August 5, 1993 in Santiago, Dominican Republic, and was signed by the Astros in 2014. He is in his second season playing for the Dominican Summer League Astros.

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Happy Birthday - 8/4

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RHP Jose Ramos (19)
Ramos was born August 4, 1996 in Panama City, Panama and was signed by the Astros as an international free agent in October 2013. He is currently playing in his second season with the Dominican Summer League Astros.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

WTHB July Astros Minor League Players of the Month

With no further ado, I present you with WTHB's July Players of the Month ...

A.J. Reed - May 2015
Photo by Jayne Hansen


1B A.J. Reed (Lancaster/Corpus Christi)
Reed's batting average fell off 80 points from last month and he still blew almost everyone out of the water. Plus he had one of the highest on-base percentages in the organization for the month. And his slugging percentage DID blow everyone out of the water, eclipsing the next highest mark by over a hundred points. After all was said and done, Reed ended the month of July with a .354/.446/.717 batting line in 27 games. He collected five doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 29 RBI, with 18 walks to 25 strikeouts. Reed was also the WTHB player of the month for June.

There were a number of incredible performances in July that deserve special recognition. Any one of these could have won player of the month had they not been up against Reed.

OF Drew Ferguson, 2015 19th round draft pick, put up a .359/.429/.533 batting line with seven doubles, three home runs and 14 RBI in 25 games between Tri-City and Quad Cities.

1B/3B Matt Duffy (Fresno) impressed me with his .337/.424/.564 line in 26 games as he collected eight doubles, five triples and 19 RBI. But I was even more impressed with his 14 walks to 11 strikeouts for the month.

OF Ronnie Mitchell (Lancaster) had a terrific month as well, hitting .321/.339/.538 with six doubles, four triples, three home runs and 23 RBI in 26 games.

3B Colin Moran (Corpus Christi) finished the month with a .349/.407/.538 line in 27 games with seven doubles, two triples, three home runs and 22 RBI.

3B Nick Tanielu (Quad Cities) put up a .340/.378/.510 line in 27 games, collecting 11 doubles, two home runs and 24 RBI.

1B/3B Tyler White (Fresno) also collected 11 doubles in July, along with three home runs and 21 RBI in 23 games. He hit .385/.477/.604 with 16 walks to 15 strikeouts.

1B/C Randy Vasquez (DSL) had a .395/.443/.570 batting line with six doubles, three home runs and 17 RBI in 23 games in July.

Other noteworthy performances included Fresno's Andrew Aplin (.333/.437/.367 in 18 games) and Joe Sclafani (.358/.386/.415 in 17 games); Tri-City's Pat Porter (.321/.386/.538 in 22 games) and Bobby Wernes (.341/.430/.365 in 24 games); Greeneville's Ford Stainback (.378/.465/.419 in 20 games); and the DSL's Edgar Lorenzo (.383/.464/.567 in 17 games) and Carlos Machado (.407/.471/.441 in 20 games).

Hector Roa (.574 for Greeneville - just promoted to Tri-City), Derek Fisher (.549 for Lancaster) and Jon Kemmer (.529 for Corpus Christi) had some very healthy slugging percentages. And Antonio Nunez's .453 on-base percentage in 19 games for Tri-City was impressive as well.


RHP David Paulino (Quad Cities/Lancaster)
Paulino BARELY eked out this win over our second place finisher, but ultimately, he had pitched a couple more innings and held hitters to a slightly better batting line. Paulino ended the month of July with a 3-1 record, 1.21 ERA and 0.843 WHIP in five starts. He issued eight free passes while striking out 32 in 29.2 innings, and held batters to a .167/.234/.206 line.

RHP Elieser Hernandez definitely deserves special recognition for his work for Tri-City and Quad Cities. In six games (four starts), he was 1-1 with a 1.32 ERA and a 0.915 WHIP. He walked five and struck out 34 in 27.1 innings.

Honorable mentions go to RHP Keegan Yuhl (Lancaster); RHP Ryan Deemes (Greeneville - since promoted to Tri-City); LHP Junior Garcia (Greeneville/Tri-City); RHP Erasmo Pinales (Greeneville); RHP Moreno Polanco (GCL/Greeneville); RHP Michel Martinez (DSL); RHP Yoanys Quiala (DSL); and RHP Jose Ramos (DSL).


RHP Jandel Gustave (Corpus Christi)
This was REALLY difficult this month. I ended up weighting several factors, including innings pitched, appearances, walks and batting average, but honestly, I could have gone with pretty much any of the honorable mentions. Gustave was 1-0 with three saves in July and had a 0.00 ERA and a 0.811 WHIP in seven games (12.1IP). He walked four batters and struck out 13 while holding them to a .146/.222/.171 batting line.

Honorable mention goes to RHP Jorge Alcala (DSL); RHP Jacob Dorris (Greeneville/Tri-City); RHP Angel Heredia (Quad Cities); RHP James Hoyt (Fresno): RHP Lachlan Madden (GCL/Greeneville); RHP Juan Minaya (Corpus Christi); LHP Cristhopher Santamaria (Greeneville); and RHP Ryan Thompson (Quad Cities).

Jandel Gustave - May 2015
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Jamie Ritchie (Quad Cities/Lancaster)
Ritchie has been getting behind the dish with much more frequency than he did earlier this year and his defensive numbers are starting to reflect that. Offensively, he has always had strong on-base skills and that hasn't changed. In July, he hit .272/.402/.419 in 25 games (20 at catcher) with six doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. He drew 18 walks and struck out 14 times and also stole three bags.

Honorable mention goes to Alfredo Gonzalez (Corpus Christi) and Oscar Campos (DSL). (Note: Campos had terrific offensive numbers, but only played 13 of 23 games behind the plate.)

Jamie Ritchie - July 2014
Photo by Jayne Hansen

April Players of the Month:
SS Carlos Correa
RHP Chris Devenski
RHP Ryan Thompson
C Tyler Heineman

May Players of the Month:
OF Derek Fisher
RHP Chris Devenski
RHP Travis Ballew
C Jacob Nottingham

1B A.J. Reed
RHP Francis Martes
RHP Angel Heredia
C Alfredo Gonzales

Happy Birthday - 8/3

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OF Drew Ferguson (23)
Ferguson was born August 3, 1992 in Knoxville, Tennessee and was drafted by Houston in the 19th round in 2015 out of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. He is currently playing for the Low A Quad Cities River Bandits.

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Astros Minor League Recaps

Results for Saturday, August 1, 2015

Mark Appel dazzles in Fresno!

Also going on during this first day of August: Operation Shutdown was in full effect in the Quad Cities.

Fresno 9, Albuquerque 7 in 12 innings

W- Jason Stoffel (5-2)
L- Tim Smalling (0-1); a position player

Fresno home runs: Matt Duffy (14, solo in 12th), Max Stassi (12, walk-off 2-run in 12th)

The Grizzlies squandered a 5-1 lead, which forced them to take it to extra innings. No matter, they finally got the win thanks to a pair of homers in the 12th.

Mark Appel allowed a solo homer to Wilin Rosario in the 3rd, which was the only run he allowed in his 7 fine innings. He allowed 2 other hits and struck out 10. Unfortunately, Rosario played the role of killjoy as he tagged Kevin Chapman for a game-tying grand slam in the 8th inning. Chapman allowed 2 other hits, another run, walked 1, and struck out 1 in the inning. He's a good pitcher. Crap happens. James Hoyt allowed a hit, walked 1, and struck out 3 over 2 scoreless as he has completely dominated after that nightmarish beginning to his season. Jason Stoffel also went 2 innings; he allowed a run on 2 hits and fanned 5.

Fresno got held by a position player for 2 innings. But again, they still won, so all was forgiven. They also had a chance to walk it off in regulation, but they left the bases loaded.

In the 4th, they got a couple of 2-run singles from Nolan Fontana and Max Stassi. Jonathan Villar led off the 7th with a double and scored when Tyler White grounded into a double play.

Andrew Aplin led off the 9th with a walk, and an error following a Villar sac bunt attempt meant that they were both safe. They both advanced on a passed ball, and then L.J. Hoes joined them on the bases as he was given a free pass to 1st base. Tyler White followed by tying the game with a sac fly that advanced everyone. Alex Presley was also allowed to take 1st base, but Fontana and Matt Duffy went down to end the inning.

After the Isotopes took the lead with an RBI double in the top of the 12th, Duffy wasted little time in tying the game once again as he took Tim Smalling deep to begin the bottom of the 12th. Fontana reached on an error and advanced to 2nd on a sac bunt from Tony Kemp. One batter later, Max Stassi ended it,

Duffy (solo homer, 2 BB, 2 R), Villar (2B, R, SB [20]), and Stassi (2-run homer, 4 RBI, R) had 2 hits apiece. Fontana scored 2 runs to go with his 2-run single.

Game 2 of this series will start at 6:05 Pacific. Starters for both sides are TBA.

Midland 9, Corpus Christi 6

W- Omar Duran (2-0)
L- Travis Ballew  (3-5)

CC home runs: None.

The Hooks caught the Hounds in the 7th as they scored 2 to make it a 5-5 game, but Midland ended up having the final say in this one as they finished the game on a 4-1 run.

Jack Mayfield opened up the scoring with a sac fly in the 2nd inning. After Jon Kemmer tripled to lead off the 5th, Mayfield struck again with an RBI single. Chan-Jong Moon later added an RBI single of his own in the inning. Teoscar Hernandez's 2-run single in the 7th tied the game at 5. Unfortunately, Midland responded with 3 in the bottom of the 7th and 1 more in the 8th, and the Hooks' only response was a Colin Moran RBI single in the 9th. Teoscar (SB [23], 2-run single), Moran (RBI, BB), and Mayfield (2 RBI, R) had 2 hits apiece.

In his AA debut, Edison Frias went 4.2 innings and allowed 4 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 8 hits, walked 1, and struck out 6. Chris Cotton was the first man out; he allowed a run on 2 hits (2-run homer; 1 run was charged to Frias), walked 1, and struck out 2 in 1.2 innings. Travis Ballew was roughed up in his 1.2 innings as he allowed 4 runs on 5 hits and walked 1.

Brian Holmes will be on the mound today. He'll take on Parker Frazier at 2:00.

High Desert 7, Lancaster 6

W- Jose Valdespina (1-1)
L- Jordan Mills (1-1, 2-3 season)

Lancaster home runs: Ronnie Mitchell 2 (11; 2-run in 4th, grand slam in 5th)

Unfortunately, the JetHawks couldn't seal the deal and they ended up walking off with a loss.

With his 2 homers, Ronnie Mitchell was the Lancaster offense. He finished 3-4. James Ramsay also finished 3-4; he doubled and stole a base (9). J.D. Davis went 0-2, but he drew 2 walks and scored 2 runs.

Austin Chrismon allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits and struck out 6 in 7 innings of work. Andrew Walter was the first man out; he allowed 2 runs (1 inherited runner charged to him) on 3 hits and struck out 2 in 1.1 innings. Jordan Mills got 1 out via strikeout in the 9th, but the Mavericks got the win off of him. He allowed a run on 2 hits and walked 2.

The JetHawks will look to avoid the sweep as Akeem Bostick is on the mound. He'll take on Richelson Peña at 5:05 Pacific.

Quad Cities 5, Wisconsin 0

W- Josh James (4-2)
L- David Carver (1-2)

QC home runs: None.

The Bandits got a fine performance on the mound as Josh James and two relievers combined on a 3-hitter.

James allowed 3 hits, walked 3, and struck out 4 over 5.2 shutout innings. Michael Freeman fanned 4 in 2.1 perfect innings, and Riley Ferrell worked around a walk in the 9th to complete the shutout.

Quad Cities got 2 in the 1st on RBI singles from Ryan Bottger and Jose Fernandez. Fernandez scored in the 3rd on an error following a Bryan Muñiz single. Muñiz, who finished 3-3, hit an RBI single in the 8th and scored the final run of the game on an RBI single from Jason Martin. Fernandez, Martin, Kristian Trompiz, and Nick Tanielu all had 2-hit games.

The Banditos will look for the sweep as Brock Dykxhoorn takes the mound. He'll face David Burkhalter at 5:15.

Mahoning Valley 7, Tri-City 4

W- Shao-Ching Chiang (3-1)
L- Zac Person (1-3)
S- Yoiber Marquina (3)

TC home runs: Hector Roa 2 (2, 8 season; 2-run in 2nd, solo in 4th)

A 5-run 1st proved to be too much for the ValleyCats to overcome.

Hector Roa, in his first game back with Tri-City, whacked 2 homers, giving him 8 on the season. In between his homers, Pat Porter hit an RBI single in the 3rd inning. Alex Melendez went 2-4 with a double at the top of the Tri-City lineup.

Zac Person allowed 5 runs on 5 hits and walked 1 as he only got 2 outs in the 1st. Yeyfry Del Rosario was the first man out; he allowed a run on 2 hits, walked 1, and struck out 1 in 1.1 innings. Kevin McCanna and Ralph Garza Jr. worked 3 innings apiece; McCanna allowed a run on a single, walked 1, and struck out 2, while Garza allowed a hit and fanned 4. Steve Naemark worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

Chris Murphy will make his New York-Penn League debut as the ValleyCats try to avoid a sweep. He'll face Casey Shane at 5:00 Eastern.

Greeneville 10, Kingsport 6

W- Starlyng Sanchez (1-0, 2-1 season)
L- Harol Gonzalez (1-3)
S- Matt Bower (1)

Greeneville home runs: Osvaldo Duarte (3, solo in 3rd)

The Appy Astros used a 7-run 3rd inning to propel them to a win. It got a bit hairy, but they found 3 more runs in the top of the 9th to pad their lead.

Duarte's homer was the catalyst for that big 3rd inning, and it was only appropriate that his home run led off the inning. Ford Stainback followed with an RBI groundout, and then Connor Goedert, Kyle Tucker, and Kevin Martir hit RBI singles. Myles Straw capped off the scoring in the 3rd with a 2-run single. In a 7-5 game in the 9th, Daz Cameron ripped a 2-run triple and scored on a sac fly from Stainback to rebuild the Greeneville lead.

Daz Cameron and Kyle Tucker were playing their first games in the Appalachian League, and they both finished with 3 hits. Cameron also stole 2 bases, which gives him 14 on the season. Stainback was the only player in the lineup without a hit, but he still drove in 2 runs. Straw went 2-5 with 2 runs scored and had a double to go with his 2-run single.

Daz and Kyle weren't the only players on the Greeneville roster making they Appy League debuts... Moreno Polanco allowed 3 runs on 7 hits, walked 1, and fanned 2 in 4 innings. Starlyng Sanchez allowed 2 runs on 3 hits and struck out 1 in the 5th. Lachlan Madden worked around a walk to throw a scoreless 6th, striking out 1, and Matt Bower brought it home. In his 3 innings, the only complication he encountered was a solo homer hit by Dale Burdick in the 9th. Bower, the southpaw from Wazzu (that's Washington State University), allowed one other hit and struck out 6.

Andrew Thome will be on the mound as the Appy Astros look for a sweep on the road. He'll take on Tom McIlraith at 2:00 Eastern.

GCL Astros

Their game with the Phillies was suspended with 1 out in the 3rd, and they were trailing 5-1. Patrick Sandoval, in his pro debut, allowed 5 runs (4 earned, all in the 1st) on 8 hits and struck out 3 in 2 innings. Ihan Bernal hit a sac fly in the 1st.

DSL Astros Blue 6, DSL Indians 2

W- Felipe Tejada (2-3)
L- Dalbert Siri (2-2)

Blue home runs: Reiny Beltre (5, 2-run in 7th)

Both teams scored a run in the 1st, but the Blue team took control of this one.

Cristopher Luciano opened the scoring with an RBI double in the 1st and added an RBI groundout in the 5th. Orlando Marquez finished 2-3 with an RBI double in the 5th. Reiny Beltre smacked a 2-run homer in the 7th, and Ozziel Sanchez-Galan scored on an error in the 8th.

Jose Ramos allowed a run on a sac fly, walked 1, and struck out 7 in 4 innings. Felipe Tejada tagged in for 4 innings, allowing a run on 4 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4. Josue Uribe worked around a hit to throw a scoreless 9th, striking out 1.

DSL Astros Orange 3, DSL Angels 2

W- Angelo Serrano (1-0)
L- Cesar Melendez (3-2)
S- Luis Vasquez (2)

Orange home runs: None.

The difference in this game was a 2-run 6th for the Orange team. With this win, they got themselves out of the cellar of their division and put the Angels in the basement in the process.

Alejandro Garcia was a home run shy of the cycle. He scored the first run of the game on a Hector Martinez groundout in the 1st. Juan Fuente scored on a wild pitch in the 6th, and Martinez later scored on a sac fly from Jose Hernandez that turned into a double play. Nicolás Miranda finished 2-3.

Gabriel Valdez allowed 3 hits, walked 2, and struck out 2 in 4 innings of work. Angelo Serrano allowed 2 runs on 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in 4 innings, and Luis Vasquez worked around a hit to close it out, striking out 2.

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